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Boston SO, Charles Munch - Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works (1962/2006) Japanese Blu-Spec CD, 2009

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Boston SO, Charles Munch - Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel: Orchestral Works (1962/2006) Japanese Blu-Spec CD, 2009

Claude Debussy: Prélude À L'Après-Midi D'Un Faune; Nocturnes; Printemps
Maurice Ravel: La Valse; Boléro
Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Munch, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: BMG Japan | # BVCC 20008 | Time: 01:05:26

There could be no better introduction to the sound of the Boston Symphony, in the repertoire in which it became most famous, than this French collection with Charles Munch. Sometimes wild and unpredictable in concert performances, Munch's conducting here is both visceral yet elegant, full of mystery when called for and unbridled in its passion at other times. 1962 Recordings.

Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Alexei Lyubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Alexei Lubimov - Claude Debussy: Preludes (2012) 2CDs, Recorded in 1971
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 245 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02002 | Time: 01:34:45

Two books of Debussy’s piano preludes were composed in 1910 and 1913, respectively. Unlike similar opuses by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and others, they had no tonal sequence, and each piece was conceived as an individual work. In whole, the cycle is a sort of concise encyclopedia of the great French composer’s music with its fanciful and sophisticated, but so imperceptibly attractive combination of romanticism and impressionism, centuries-old traditions of piano music and cultural paradoxes of the 20th century. The titles Debussy gave to each of the preludes (they are sooner poetic metaphors) are put in the end rather than in the beginning of the notes and not intended to impose a certain character on the listener. Instead, they seem to ask riddles as if they check whether the mood of a piece is caught correctly. Debussy’s preludes found a fine and thoughtful interpreter in the person of Alexei Lyubimov.

Amber Docters van Leeuwen, Taisiya Pushkar - Flavours: Music for cello and piano (2013)

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Amber Docters van Leeuwen, Taisiya Pushkar - Flavours: Music for cello and piano (2013)

Amber Docters van Leeuwen, Taisiya Pushkar - Flavours: Music for cello and piano (2013)
Claude Debussy - Alfred Schnittke - Ludwig van Beethoven - Eef van Breen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 9416 | Time: 01:10:32

This compilation provides a showcase of the many aspects of the cello and the range of emotions and characters that the instrument is able to convey. Opening the collection is Debussy’s technically demanding Sonata in D minor, a staple of the cello repertoire. The whimsical motives, repetitive tones and scales of this work give way to the ingenious combination of atonality and Romantic lyricism of Schnittke’s Sonata No.1, which is followed by Beethoven’s visionary Sonata No.5 in D, a homage to J.S. Bach. This is in turn succeeded by Van Breen’s Flavours, written in 2011. A playful piece that combines many styles, it is written with the five base flavours in mind.

Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

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Ralph van Raat, Hakon Austbo - Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)

Olivier Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen; Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (2012)
Ralph van Raat (piano), Håkon Austbø (piano)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572472 | Time: 01:02:38

Both the works on this recording were written during wartime. Debussy’s 1915 En blanc et noir, composed during a late creative burst, is his musical response to the horrors of World War I. Messiaen’s revolutionary Visions de l’Amen from 1943, written to be performed by the composer and his teenage pupil, Yvonne Loriod, is a profound religious meditation whose emotional intensity is overwhelming. The role of the two pianos is clearly divided. Melodic and expressive elements are confined to the second piano, Messiaen’s part, whereas all that is percussion, brilliance and rhythmic development is heard in the first piano, Loriod’s part.

Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

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Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set

Europäische Chormusik - European Choral Music (2014) 6CD Box Set
Eric Ericson, Rundfunkchor Stockholm, Stockholmer Kammerchor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.48 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 942 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral | Label: Warner Classics | # 825646261505 | Time: 06:49:27

The great recordings of the "Nordic choral marvel": Swedish choral conductor Eric Ericson was one of the true legends in his field. When he died in 2013 at the age of 94, he had spent decades working to place his two Stockholm choirs among the international musical elite. His recordings from the 1970's enjoy real cult status – unique interpretations of a cappella works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, from Gesualdo to Penderecki, released here for the first time in a single box.

Adrienne Soos, Ivo Haag - Claude Debussy: Early Works For Piano Duet (2011)

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Adrienne Soos, Ivo Haag - Claude Debussy: Early Works For Piano Duet (2011)

Adrienne Soós, Ivo Haag - Claude Debussy: Early Works For Piano Duet (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572385 | Time: 01:14:46

An innovative genius, Claude Debussy is famous for his mature ‘Impressionist’ music, though he rather disliked the term. He frequently performed four-hand piano pieces in concert, most of the works on this disc either being composed or adapted by him for this line-up. The imaginative figuration, kaleidoscopic sonorities and moments of dazzling virtuosity found in these rarely-heard works from the 1880s are a testament to Debussy’s skills both as a performer and a composer. Pianists Adrienne Soós and Ivo Haag have been a firmly-established piano duo for more than fifteen years, becoming one of the leading ensembles in Switzerland.

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

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Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set
Mozart - Beethoven - Weber - Chopin - Debussy - Ravel - R. Strauss

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.59 Gb | Scans included | Time: 08:54:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Membran | # 233021

This compilation features recordings made between 1950 and 1959 and proves the outstanding pianist to be an equally brilliant and exciting performer of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Strauss. In addition the compilation boasts highlights from the legendary 1956 Birdland sessions.

Pascal Roge - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)

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Pascal Roge - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)

Pascal Rogé - Claude Debussy: Clair de lune and Other Piano Works (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 192 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5405 | Time: 01:19:20

Rogé produces consistently beautiful tone and this recital gives no mean pleasure an this score. His playing is distinguished by intelligence and sympathy, as well as subtle of colour. He is moreover supported by recording quality of real excellence.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (2007-2009) 5CD [Re-Up]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (2007-2009) 5CD [Re-Up]

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - Claude Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Volumes 1-5 (5CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 947 Mb | Artwork Included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Time: 05:58:58

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s vivid and personal interpretations of Debussy’s complete works for piano are available for the first time in an attractive five-volume set, this is the series that put Bavouzet on the map, and established him firmly as a leading and internationally acclaimed pianist.

Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Soloists - Claude Debussy: Integrale des Melodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set

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Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Soloists - Claude Debussy: Integrale des Melodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set

Claude Debussy: Intégrale des Mélodies (Complete Songs) (2014) 4CD Box Set
Liliana Faraon & Magali Léger, sopranos; Marie-Ange Todorovitch, mezzo-soprano
Gilles Ragon, tenor; François Le Roux, baritone
Jean-Louis Haguenauer, piano Blüthner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 642 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ligia Digital | # LIDI 0201285-14 | Time: 04:39:24

The historic four-CD set is the first compilation of all the voice and piano compositions of Debussy—containing over 100 songs and five hours of music.

Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

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Katherine Bryan, RSNO - Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse & Jacques Ibert (2013) [Re-Up]

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto; Jacques Ibert: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Claude Debussy: Syrinx; Frank Martin: Ballade
Katherine Bryan, flute; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jac van Steen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Linn Records | # CKD 420 | Time: 01:03:13

Among the young British instrumentalists vying to pick up the mantles of the great soloists of a generation ago, flutist Katherine Bryan seems among the most promising, and she takes a major step forward with this, her second release. Her startlingly clear, bright articulation in the upper register is pleasing on its own, yet the real attraction here is that she approaches a repertory intelligently and brings fresh perspectives to it. The Flute Concerto (1993) of Christopher Rouse only seems to be the odd item in the set; Rouse's instrumental writing, with its intricate grasp of texture and register, is truly a descendant of the French (and French-Swiss) music on the rest of the album, and it was an inspired choice in terms of showcasing Bryan's technique as well. The three central movements have a memorial tone, with flute solos woven into Rouse's characteristically spacious chords, and Bryan has the stamina to stick with the long line here. Ibert's delightful Concerto for flute and orchestra (1934) receives an absolutely crackling performance from Bryan.

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

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Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set

Leopold Stokowski - Decca Recordings 1965-1972: Original Masters (2003) 5CD Box Set
with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
J.S. Bach, William Byrd, Jeremiah Clarke, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Henri Duparc
P.I. Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky, Edward Elgar
Cezar Franck, Hector Berlioz, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.85 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 881 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 475 145-2 | Time: 06:14:01

This fabulous five disc set is replete with some of those old Stokowski warhorses all recorded in absolutely mind boggling Phase 4 sound, overblown perhaps but astounding for its time. Decca's remastering is absolutely magnificent and the discs are jam packed with almost six hours of music. This is another fine memorial to a great conductor who remained astonishingly vital until the very end of his life.

Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)

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Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)

Quartetto Prometeo - Karol Szymanowski & Claude Debussy: String Quartets (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94744 | Time: 01:03:18

This recording presents an unusual pairing of the complete string quartets by Szymanowski and Debussy. Szymanowksi is one of Poland’s most famous composers. Influences on his style are many (Bartók’s percussive and motoric drive, Ravel’s coloristic sonorities) but he found his own personal language, lush, opulent, rich and sometimes exotic, always expressing a deep emotional content. Debussy’s string quartet dates from his early years, a beautiful and romantic work, the French answer to Wagner’s richly chromatic language.

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

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Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set

Monique Haas plays Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel (2007) 6CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.54 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 965 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato/Warner Classics | # 2564 69967-2 | Time: 07:11:32

French pianist Monique Haas recorded the piano works of Debussy and Ravel twice, once in the late '50s and early '60s for Deutsche Grammophon and again in the late '60s and early '70s for Erato. The later recordings are released here in this six disc set from Warner Classics. As on the earlier set, Haas' performances are elegantly stylish, technically impeccable, consummately musical, and quintessentially French. Pick any piece by either composer at random, and you'll see. Try her bright but sensual Suite Bergamasque with its ravishing Clair de lune or her brilliant and visionary Études with their astounding concluding Pour les accords. Or try her recklessly virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit with its frightening Scarbo or her sweetly swaying Valses nobles et sentimentales with its heartrending Épilogue. There are only two meaningful differences between Haas' recordings: in the earlier performance, she is more passionate and impetuous while in the later performances she is more measured and thoughtful.

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011) works by Handel, Michael Nyman, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Faure, McGlynn etc

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Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011) works by Handel, Michael Nyman, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, Faure, McGlynn  etc

Gerard McChrystal - Aria (2011)
with Shiroma de Silva, piano; Craig Ogden, guitar; Smith Quartet
Codetta; Trinity Laban String Ensemble; Nic Pendlebury, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Chamber, Saxophone | Label: First Hand | # FHR13 | Time: 01:13:40

This brilliantly devised CD from Gerard McChrystal is a deeply personal album; at times mystical, the music is always beautiful and captivating. Indeed 'Aria' has similar qualities to Jan Gabarek's 'Officium' (which sold 1.4 million copies) and will appeal to this fan-base. Featuring soprano and alto saxophone with a colourful array of different ensemble accompaniments — string orchestra, choir, guitar, piano, solo, string quartet and electronics. Baroque music blends seamlessly with contemporary; Handel resolves into Michael Nyman, Debussy's Syrinx morphs into Ravel's Piece en forme de habanera. All the tracks lead to the next by key or by starting and ending on the same note. Other works include Philip Glass Façades, Faure Les Berceaux, Bozza Aria, as well as original works by Billy Cowie, Karen Tanaka, Andy Scott and Michael McGlynn (from the vocal group Anúna who featured in Riverdance). Accompanying Gerard on this album are some of the UK's finest classical musicians including the Smith Quartet and the No. 1 best-selling classical artist, guitarist Craig Ogden. Gerard McChrystal is a multi-award winning saxophonist who has performed as a soloist in over 30 countries with many of the World's leading orchestras and ensembles.